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AFRIK-IT January 2004


AfNOG Workshop Announcement and Application Form


Ayitey Bulley <[log in to unmask]>


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AfNOG Workshop Announcement and Application Form

In conjunction with the fifth  meeting of African Network Operators
Group (AfNOG) in May 2004 (, AfNOG is
holding a Network Technology Workshop prior to the meeting.
The workshop will be held in facilities of the  Novotel Hotel, Dakar,
Senegal, during May 16 - May 21, 2004.

The workshop will offer advanced training to operators of existing
African Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who are participants in the
process of developing and enhancing a national Internet with regional
and international connectivity.

Attendance at the workshop includes attendance at the AfNOG 2004
meeting, and planned AfriNIC meeting sessions (,
which will be held in Dakar on May 23rd - 24th, following the workshop.

This workshop builds upon the experiences of the previous AfNOG
workshops held in Cape Town South Africa, Accra, Ghana, Lome, Togo
Kampala, Uganda and the INET workshops held during 1993-2000 at eight
locations around the world.


The goals of the workshop are:

1. To train a critical mass of trainers and professionals in network
infrastructure and services to be able to support an extension of
Internet-related activities within the African countries  represented.

2. To identify and share individual and institutional contacts as well
as information sources that will assist the process of national
development, using international Internet connections.

3. To build robust professional linkages between all participants in the
programs so that the mentor-student and colleague-colleague
relationships formed during the workshop and conferences will remain
strong and of continuing usefulness well beyond the workshop and

4. To increase the level of co-operation among existing projects and
activities for establishing public data networks in Africa.

5. To train people and groups of people who will return to their country
and region and who will teach others what they have learned at the


An intensive program of instruction is planned for the workshop,
composed of three instructional tracks.

Participants attend only one of the two instructional tracks presented
in English, and one in French, since the tracks run concurrently.

All participants will engage in extensive hands-on training, setting up
and managing prototype infrastructure and services.

The course descriptions below include for each instructional track:

 1. Who should attend this course.
 2. What you need to know to enter this course and benefit from it
 3. What you will learn in this course (Subjects).


Who should attend: Technical staff who are now providing mail, file,
web, and other TCP/IP based services to local and/or dial-up end users.

Prerequisites: UNIX user and some Unix system administration.

Subjects: large-scale provision of UNIX-based TCP/IP services such as:

DNS (Domain Name Service)
SMTP mail exchange
POP mail delivery
WebMail service
HTTP web service
Internet Services & Server Security


Who should attend: Technical staff who are now operating a wide area
TCP/IP network, likely with international and/or multi-provider
connectivity. Those who will be involved in the establishment and/or
operation of a basic national network infrastructure in the country.

Prerequisites: experience using TCP/IP-based networking technologies.

Subjects: configuration and operation of larger scale backbones,

Basic routing
OSPF routing
BGP routing (limited)
Management of router configuration
NOC (Network Operation Center)
Exchange points between networks
Network Security


Base des reseaux IP
Bases de configuration des routeurs Cisco
Routage statique (utilisation d'Unix et de Routeur Cisco)
Architecture d'un reseau redondant
NOC services et application
Securite Reseau


Workshop activities to be held at the Novotel Hotel in Dakar, Senegal.
The workshop attendance fee includes room and board at the Novotel Hotel
during the workshop and the AfNOG and AfriNIC meetings, which follow.
Shuttle bus and taxi transportation is available from the airport to the
workshop accommodations.


Participants should plan to arrive in Dakar by 1800 hours on Saturday
15th May, 2004, and leave after 1800 hours on Monday 24th  May, 2004.
Workshop sessions will be held starting in the afternoon, Sunday 16th
May, and end in the evening of Friday 21st May.

The AfNOG Tutorials begins at 0900 hours, Saturday 22nd May 2004,
AfNOG 2004 Meeting begins at 0900 hours, Sunday 23rd May 2004, and
AfriNIC sessions are on Sunday 23rd and Monday, 24th May 2004.
(To be confirmed by AfriNIC


The workshop is specifically directed toward the needs of people from
Africa who are playing an important part in introducing and extending
public internetworking in their countries and region. Attendees should
be involved in establishing the Internet's presence, in
institutionalizing its operation, and in assisting the country's schools
and universities, governmental agencies, local firms, and residents in
exploiting the range of services available through the net. By the
Internet, we mean the publicly accessible Internet, with unrestricted
access for educational and commercial institutions and the not-for-
profit community.

Working engineers from international and bilateral technical co-
operation agencies, as well as engineering professionals having
substantial involvement in international technical assistance
activities, are also eligible for admission as space allows.

Participants who have attended the AfNOG 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2003
training or any of the INET Developing Countries Workshop will be
considered eligible to attend the AfNOG 2004 workshop on a space-
available basis; however, these former participants must apply for a
course of study other than subjects studied previously. Their request
must be consistent with their responsibilities in a national and/or
regional context, and a convincing argument for repeated attendance must
accompany the application. This should include a statement of the
activities carried out as a result of the previous workshop. Less
financial aid will be available for repeat attendees than for first-time


To apply for admission, please complete the application form and return
it as soon as possible, but no later than 1st March, 2004. If you expect
to attend the workshop as the result of being awarded a United Nations
or similar fellowship awarded by a multilateral of bilateral aid agency,
please inform us of the details in your application.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the program and the
amount of financial aid available to them (if any), by 31st March, 2004.

Please note that the workshop activity includes attendance at the AfNOG
2004 and AfriNIC meetings. If you are admitted to the workshop, you
should NOT register separately for the meeting; that will be done
automatically for you.

NOTE: Applicants are required to submit their application via email, and
also to give an electronic mail address for future correspondence
regarding the workshop. A reliable FAX number should also be included on
your application.

Please be sure that all of the contact information you submit is legible
and accurate, or we will not be able to contact you.


Every visitor to Senegal must have a valid passport in order to obtain
the necessary visa from Senegal. If you apply to attend the workshop, be
prepared to obtain a passport immediately upon receiving an invitation
to attend, or sooner if practical, since visa procedures may be lengthy.

It is the responsibility of participants to ascertain the visa
requirements that apply to them and to obtain any appropriate visas
(including transit visas) needed to attend the workshop and the related
meetings. AfNOG will assist applicants in this matter by providing visa
application information, an official letter of invitation as well as
information regarding the Workshop, AfNOG and its professional goals and


Accepted participants will be notified of any health restrictions and
regulations for entry into the country.


The cost of attending the workshop and associated events is
U.S.$1600.00. This fee includes:

All tuition and fees for the workshop. All lodging charges from Sunday,
16th May through Monday, 24th May 2004.

All meal charges for the period starting with dinner on Saturday
evening, 15th May through dinner on Monday evening, 24th May 2004.
Registration at the AfNOG 2004 meeting ( Sunday 23rd May) and the
AfriNIC meeting (Monday, 24th May), including the midday meals included
in registration for those meetings.

Participants should bring the equivalent of U.S. $30 for airport
transfers. They may wish to budget approximately U.S.$50 for optional
travel and other needs and activities (laundry, etc.) Sunday, 16th
May,2004 through Monday, 24th May 2004.

For some candidates, the AfNOG Workshop may provide some financial
assistance to cover a part of participant's overall expenditures. If you
request financial request aid for the workshop, please be certain to
provide the financial information that is requested in the application
for admission. Financial aid will take the form of either pre-paid
airline tickets for travel to and from Dakar, or a partial coverage of
the workshop fee.

The overall amount of aid available will be extremely limited. Please
make all possible efforts to secure whatever funding is possible from
sources known to you. If you are requesting financial aid from the
Workshop, please tell us why it is necessary, how you expect to fund
part of your expenses, and what efforts you have made and are making to
obtain additional aid. Please note that aid from AfNOG may depend upon
your ability to obtain partial financial support from other sources.
Preference will be given to qualified applicants who have their own
financial support.

Payment of workshop fees may be made by funds transfer, certified check
(bank draft) or in cash. Details will be provided in the admission


Please fill out completely and email it by 1st March, 2004 to
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A. Personal data

Full Name:



Business Address:

Business Telephone:

Alternate Telephone:

E-mail address:


Date of birth:


Name as it appears on passport or other travel document:

Passport number:

Country issuing passport:

Date passport was issued:

Date of passport expiration:

Knowledge of English: Please rate your knowledge in these categories:
Listening/comprehension: minimal / fair / good / excellent
Reading: minimal / fair / good / excellent
Speaking: minimal / fair / good / excellent
Writing: minimal / fair / good / excellent

Knowledge of French: Please rate your knowledge in these categories:
Listening/comprehension: minimal / fair / good / excellent
Reading: minimal / fair / good / excellent
Speaking: minimal / fair / good / excellent
Writing: minimal / fair / good / excellent

Please indicate with an asterisk (*) the most reliable addresses and
telephone/fax numbers above which can be used to reach you.

B. Course of Instruction
Instructional track applied for (Please select only one track; the
will run concurrently):
[ ] Track 3 INFRASTRUCTURE RESEAUX IP(French version of English Track 2)

Please indicate your specific interests within the area you have chosen:

C. Technical Skills
1.  Are you a UNIX user?
1a. How much have you used it?
1b. What varieties (e.g.Solaris, Linux, *BSD)?
2.  Have you been a UNIX system administrator?
2a. Describe your experience (length of time, versions, etc.).
3.  Have you used/administered TCP/IP networks?
3a. Describe.
4.  Have you set up and/or administered any of the following?
    Please give details.
    * Nameservers
    * Mail Transport Agents (e.g. Sendmail, Exim, Postfix, Smail)
    * Mailing List Managers (e.g. Majordomo or other list manager)
    * Web Systems/Servers (e.g. Apache, IIS or other web server)

5.  Have you configured or otherwise managed any of the following?
    Please give details.
    * Routers
    * Switches
    * Network monitoring systems
    * Network operations center (NOC)

D. Description of your role in national networking activities.
Bear in mind that this information will be used to determine
whether to admit you to the workshop, please provide details in
the format of your choice. Please be sure that it is sufficiently
clear, well organized and adequate for this purpose.

1. A description of your current employer, your position, your duties
   responsibilities, and how they relate to current and future data
   networking activities in your country.

2. A brief description of your computing and networking environment
   (operating systems, networking software, modems, etc.), including the
   connectivity of your organization to the Internet and your country's
   connectivity to the international Internet.

3a. Scope of your institution (check all categories that apply):
    [ ] Commercial Network Provider
    [ ] Academic Network Provider
    [ ] NGO Network Provider
    [ ] Other (Specify)______________

3b. Approximate number of full time staff at your institution:________

4. How your training and current work prepare and qualify you for the
   track you wish to attend.

5. How you expect to use the knowledge you gain at the workshop after
   you return to your country.

6. If you have previously attended AfNOG/INET Workshops for Developing

6a. Year and track you attended:

6b. A precise description of how you have used the training
    you have received in the past:

6c. The significant advances in networking which have occurred in your
    country specifically because of your knowledge and effort:

E. Financial Information
The workshop fee is US$ 1,600.00.  This includes accommodation and
meals, but does not include travel.  Applicants are usually expected to
provide their own funding (from whatever sources).  However, AfNOG or
its sponsors may make a limited amount of financial assistance available
to deserving candidates.

Even if you request financial assistance, you might not receive any
financial assistance, and your acceptance into the workshop may be
conditional on your ability to provide all or most of the funding
yourself.  Assuming you are very well qualified and in great need of
assistance, it is unlikely that AfNOG or its sponsors will be able to
provide more than US$ 1,400.00 in financial assistance. This amount is
the maximum AfNOG can offer for both Travel and workshop fees. Financial
contribution to the workshop may be made by funds transfer, certified
check (bank draft) or cash. Details will be provided in the admission

1. Are you are requesting any financial assistance from AfNOG or its
   sponsors to help pay for the workshop fee?

    [ ] Yes, I request financial assistance.
    [ ] No, the workshop fee will be paid by myself or by other

2. If you are requesting financial assistance to help cover the workshop
   fee, please provide a complete list of funding sources in the
   following form. The list should contain all sources of funds that
   are available to you for payment of the workshop fee. The amounts
   should total US$ 1,600. You may leave this blank if you are not
   requesting financial assistance.

    1. Your Institution      US$ ...........
    2. Your Government      US$ ...........
    3. Other sponsors      US$ ...........
    4. Your personal contribution   US$ ...........
    5. Amount you ask from AfNOG   US$ ...........
    TOTAL Income        US$ 1,600.00

3. Are you are requesting any financial assistance from AfNOG or its
   sponsors to help pay for your travel expenses?

    [ ] Yes, I request financial assistance.
    [ ] No, travel expenses will be paid by myself or by other sponsors.

4. If you are requesting financial assistance to help cover your travel
   expenses, please provide a good estimate of round trip, lowest
   economy excursion airfare between your place of residence and Dakar,
   Senegal. You may leave this blank if you are not requesting financial

    1. Airfare:
    2. Airline:
    3. Type of fare:
    4. City of departure:
    5. Source of your estimate (e.g. name and address of travel agent):

5. If you are requesting financial assistance to help cover your travel
   expenses, please provide a complete list of funding sources in the
   following form. The list should contain all sources of funds that are
   available to you for payment of travel expenses.  You may leave this
   blank if you are not requesting financial assistance.

    1. Your Institution      US$ ...........
    2. Your Government      US$ ...........
    3. Other sponsors      US$ ...........
    4. Your personal contribution   US$ ...........
    5. Amount you ask from AfNOG   US$ ...........
    TOTAL Income US$ __________
    (Total should be the same as the estimate in part 4 above.)

NOTE: If you are requesting for financial assistance from AfNOG, then
      the total of the "Amount you ask from AfNOG" for both workshop
      fees and travel expenses should not exceed US$ 1,400.00.

6. Justification for Financial Assistance

If you are applying for financial assistance from AfNOG or its
sponsors, please explain why you are not able to provide funding
from other sources. Please include a discussion of other funding
sources that you have approached.

(Use as much space as necessary.)

Signature (your name as you would sign it):............................


Completed applications should be sent to: [log in to unmask]
The "Subject" line of the message should contain your surname or
family name in the following format:

Subject: AfNOG Workshop Application: <your-family-name>

For example, if your name is Kofi Annan and "Annan" is your surname
or lastname then the subject should be

Subject: AfNOG Workshop Application: Annan

If you have questions regarding this announcement and application,
they may be addressed to: [log in to unmask]

To receive a copy of this announcement and application, send e-mail to:
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